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Hello Graebner Families,


I hope this letter finds you are relaxed, rejuvenated, and thinking about the upcoming school year. I have provided some important upcoming dates and information for our school family. The USDA meal program that has been free for the past two years, due to the pandemic, has come to an end. Please read below how to qualify for free meals for the 22-23 school year. The link will lead you to the correct forms. It is important that we take the time to fill out the forms because these forms are also how we get Title I funding for our school. If you have questions or need help, please call our office.


There is also important information on device insurance with a quick deadline of September 9th and the Power School password reset.


All grade level supply lists are on our website and the link is provided below.


School start times are the same this year: EARLY school


Virtual Academy start and end times changed: LATE school



First Day of School and important upcoming dates:


August 24: Bus Routes will be available to parents on the website starting on 8/24

August 25 Student classroom placement delivered by email after 3pm

August 30 is the students' first day back and it is a half day of school. All students will be dismissed at 11:44am

August 31 is first FULL day of school

September 2-5 Labor Day break

September 14 No school for students and Professional Development day for teachers

The Value of a UCS Education

This year, Utica Community Schools will be introducing a multi-media communications initiative called “The Value of a UCS education.” The program shows how UCS impacts every member of our community through the stories of parents, residents, alumni, current students, staff, retirees and business representatives. This program will continue through the school year.

Examples of the profiles is available at or on social media using the hashtag #ucsvalue.


We are looking forward to a great school year as we prepare the school for your return. A Dolphin Dispatch will come out the week of August 22nd with additional information regarding the first day, kindergarten meet and greet and class placements will come to you via email.


Cherish these last weeks of summer break! We are excited to see you soon!


Warm regards,


Mrs. Wood

The staff of Graebner Elementary School, within an ordered, nurturing environment, defines its mission as follows: to teach children to learn academic and social skills in a positive and cooperative manner and to enhance self esteem, so as to prepare children to become contributing, successful members of society.

Utica Community Schools is celebrated for student achievement that consistently surpasses county, state and national benchmarks. Accelerate UCS! has been built with current and future student needs at each grade level in mind, taking into consideration what is working well and what may require change. For more information, please see this link.


UCS Vision

Utica Community Schools, in partnership with our community, will empower students to positively transform their further and the world.

UCS Mission

Utica Community Schools ignites a passion for learning in all students. We strengthen our community by welcoming all learners, honoring culture, and inspiring remarkable growth and achievement. We accomplish this by:

• Ensuring students are at the heart of all decisions

• Collaborating with all stakeholders

• Providing a safe and supportive environment

• Encouraging mindsets that are open to innovation

• Reimagining what school can be

• Promoting high expectations throughout Utica Community Schools

• Committing to multiple pathways toward excellence and achievement for all